Post-Apocalypse Fiction


    1. Shipbreaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi: In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


    1. Ashes, by Ilsa Bick: Alex, a resourceful 17 year old running from her brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry 8 year-old, join forces after an EMP sweeps through and kills most of the world's population, turning some into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.


    1. The Compound, by S.S. Bodeen: After his parents, sisters, and he have spent six years in a compound built by his father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, 15 year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.


    1. Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac: In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.


    1. Monument 14, by Emmy Laybourne: Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.


    1. The End Games, by Michael T. Martin: In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.


    1. Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.


    1. Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O’Brien: Seemingly the only person left alive after the holocaust of a war, a young girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes he is a tyrant and she must escape.


    1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan: Through twists and turns of fate, Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where the Unconsecrated dwell, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.


    1. Partials, by Dan Wells: In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training.


    1. Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson: Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.


    1. A Crack in the Sky, by Mark Peter Hughes: Thirteen- year-old Eli, part of the most powerful family, keeps noticing problems with the operations of his domed city but his family denies them, while in the surrounding desert, the Outsiders struggle to survive while awaiting a prophesied savior.


    1. Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry: In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.


    1. Blood Red Road, by Moira Young: Eighteen- year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.


    1. The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey: Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.